Over in Shanghai, Mercedes is heating things up with its new Concept A Sedan. It’s what Mercedes says is a new design take on its compacts and could herald in the next body type in the company’s lineup.
The sedan’s “clean” design is in line with other recent concepts from Mercedes. We have to say we’re loving the vibrant red we’ve also seen on several of them including the Concept A. And check out the huge full-length panoramic roof.
Mercedes calls the design an end to its design era of “creases.” In other words, those sensual lines are much sleeker than what we’re seeing on current models. Inside, Mercedes says the new compact is roomier than current offerings thanks to more upright C-pillars are more upright and a higher roofline.
From the rear, the concept looks similar to the current CLA. The grille design is inspired is AMG’s signature Panamericana style. But that’s where recognizable stops. Okay, and the three point star badging. The rest of the design hones what Mercedes calls the next generation of “Sensual Purity” – an in-house term for Mercedes’ standard of modern luxury.
One of the coolest features on the concept is actually not what you see, but how you see. The headlights have a complex grid structure coated with UV paint. Basically, the lights glow in a range of colors depending on the light around them. During the day they’re your standard white headlights.
It might be a concept now, but not for long. Mercedes says the new A sedan – designed to compete against the Audi A3 – will go into production. Expect it to go on sale in 2018. It’s a smart move considering compacts in the Benz lineup are responsible for its continuing growth in sales. A-class vehicles alone have racked up 2 million in global sales since arriving in 2012.
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